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Delivering unit only courses for International Students

Back on the 3rd June I sought clarification form ASQA about what I assumed was a very simple question: Can a domestic provider who is not a registered CRICOS provider deliver unit only courses such as first aid, RSA or Construction Safety (White Card) to international students.

22/06/2016

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Release of – TAE40116

On the 6th April 2016 the new TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (Click Here) was released. It is a very different qualification to its predecessor. It is not equivalent to begin with so that means that the 716 RTOs with TAE40110 on their scope will loose it in 12 months and will need to apply to have the new qualification added to scope.

15/04/2016

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CEO Annual Declaration – Here we go!

I have been getting many questions about the approaching requirement for RTO Chief Executive Officers to submit an annual declaration to the National Regulator about their compliance. The declaration is due by the 31st Mar 2016 (see here) for the details on the ASQA website.

01/02/2016

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Audit Tool – Standards for RTOs 2015

This audit tool is the result of development and review over the past 4 months by lead consultants within Newbery Consulting. The criteria we have provided within each standard and clause go directly to the core of evaluating compliance and are presented in plain language. Where relevant, clauses have been combined within the tool to aid in their review and to assist RTOs to make sense of the standards which are so fragmented. Additional criteria have also been added which Newbery Consulting consider to be important in any internal audit and particularly when preparing for a regulatory audit.

21/07/2015

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What you need to know – 2015 Standards for RTOs

The new RTO standards were released yesterday (21 Oct 2014). They come into effect for all existing RTOs on April Fools’ Day 2015 (1st April 2015). Funny! You can access all the information at the VET reform website at the following link:
http://www.vetreform.industry.gov.au/publication/new-standards-registered-training-providers-and-regulators

22/10/2014

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VET Advisory Board – Ten Point Action List

As you may be aware, we have our new VET Advisory Board as of the 15th Aug 2014. See here for more details:

http://www.vetreform.industry.gov.au/news/vocational-education-and-training-advisory-board-established

I thought it would be helpful to give them a helping start, so we have decided to give them a ten point action list to assist them to focus their attention right from the get-go. Here it is:

06/09/2014

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Review of revised RTO and VET Regulator Standards

Well,, here we go again! We have new standards to review and comment on. Do you know since 2005, we have changed the standards for RTOs four times. This will make five resulting in an average of every 2 years. So, every two years we change the standards by which we regulate our VET providers! Seriously, when I started that sentence, I didn’t think it would sound so bad, but there it is, every 2 years! Why do we do this to ourselves? Can we honestly say that we have experienced incremental improvement every time we have revised our regulatory standards. Some would say that the standard of training and assessment in Australia has eroded over this period and whilst that has occurred we have burdened ourselves with ever changing rules and regulations.

08/07/2014

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VET Fee Help – Under attack!

I just want to highlight my concern about the current trend of the VET Fee Help market. For those not aware, VET Fee Help is a funding program that allows students to effectively take out a loan with the Federal Government to help pay their tuition fees. VET Fee Help is not new and has now been operating since 2009. A student can only access VET Fee Help via an approved training provider (so, an RTO approved for VET Fee Help).

01/05/2014

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VET Reform – Have your say!

Ok, so the VET Reform Taskforce is currently doing their work and has called for submissions from industry participants to inform their review of the VET Sector. Just for the record, here is my three point plan for the reform of the VET Sector.

06/04/2014

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Recording Assessment Evidence

For a while now I have wanted to provide this blog on the requirements relating to the recording of assessment evidence. The first thing to note is that there is nothing new about the requirement to adequately record assessment evidence and assessment decisions. Assessors have always been required to record their judgement of competency in order for a unit of competency to be issued.

05/09/2013

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Satisfaction Data – It’s free!

With effect of the 1st December 2011, the National Skills Standards Council released a Special Bulletin informing RTOs that they were no longer required to use the SMART database supplied by the Australian Centre for Educational Research (ACER).

28/09/2012

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Renewal – Evidence Guide

This document has been produced by Newbery Consulting to act as a guide to the type of audit evidence and questions an RTO will be expected to respond to during a renewal or registration audit. The guide covers evidence relating to the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations 2011 and specifically the Essential Standards for Continuing Registration (SNR 15-25).

04/06/2012

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RTO Registration – Part 3 – The Essential Ingredients

I think it is necessary to first consider the broader requirement before getting down to the detail of registering an RTO. What is required and do I really have the necessary items to make it successful? This is a big question and this blog is intended to provide the answer.

30/03/2012

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QLD Transition – Can they do it?

Well, we have an interesting first six months ahead for the VET sector. Of particular note is the looming transition of regulation in Tasmania and South Australia to ASQA. ASQA has certainly geared up for this and the number of RTOs involved in those States (on a national level) is quite small. QLD on the […]

30/01/2012

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RTO Registration – Part 2 – Market Analysis

So you want to start an RTO. No problems! The first question I ask is: What do you intend to deliver? and What makes you think there is space in the current training market for another provider of that qualification?

22/09/2011

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RTO Registration – Part 1 – Introduction

Why am I writing a blog series on registering an RTO? Because I feel that there is a genuine thirst out there for guidance and perspective on how to approach RTO Registration. People can go onto the ASQA website or the VRQA website and can download the guides and standards for registration. Really,, for people with minimum background or knowledge, these documents do not make lots of sense.

14/09/2011

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Welcome to our new site

This is our new site. It is similar to our previous site but has loads more functionality and indexing capability. We have also built a better structure to display our products and services and put forward our new branding in our RTO products. This is a big shift for Newbery Consulting as we define the services we provide and give information to current and perspective clients to enable them to make the right decision.

25/08/2011

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